Aug 15, 2011

Behind the Scenes: Travel + Balance

By: Amy Atlas, in Ask Amy, Behind The Scenes

Lisa and I at the Guthrie in Minneapolis with the Mississippi River in the background….

We were in Minnesota this past week for some meetings.  It was nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of New York City, even if it was just for two days.  Seeing lush greenery and smelling crisp clean air definitely helps me clear my mind.  When Lisa and I weren’t in meetings, we jam packed some activities to take it all in.  We had a chance to visit the Guthrie Theatre {an architectural beauty} in Minneapolis, walk along the Mississipi River, and we even made it Hudson, Wisconsin, which is just across the St. Croix River.  We also sampled candy and desserts at the Tremblay in the charming town of Stillwater, and tasted sweets at Sugar Sugar, Bread and Chocolate, and Sweets Bakeshop in St. Paul.

While it was a great business trip, it is always a struggle leaving my family, even if it is for a short time.  There are the 20 calls {no exagerration} a night from my sons who want me to come home to read to them, my sadness about not being there when they get off the bus, and the comforts of home that no hotel can provide.  My husband travels often and we high-fived each other in the airport as he came home from Kentucky and I was leaving for Minnesota.  Luckily, grandma came in to town to help with our busy schedules.  The trip 100% worth it, but I pose this question to you…What are your bittersweet balances? I’d love to hear.

For more posts on the balancing act, look here and here.  In the meantime, scroll down to see a peek of the fun sites we were able to see…

The electric blue masterpiece…The Guthrie Theatre….

An outside market in downtown Minneapolis…

Tasting cupcakes including a kettle corn cupcakes at the Sweets Bakeshop in St. Paul…

We visited the Sugar, Sugar shop, a darling shop in Minneapolis with a selection of old fashioned candy and gourmet marshmallows…

Vibrant stationery selection in the charming Mara Mi store…


A view of the St. Croix River from the St. Croix Bridge, which separates Minnesota and Wisconsin…

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